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    Weeping relatives surrounded the coffin of Mrs. Susana Gil De Aragon - a victim of?

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    Weeping relatives surrounded the coffin of Mrs. Susana Gil De Aragon - a victim of last week's Mendoza riots - when she was buried in the city on Saturday (8 April).

    Police patrolled the streets during the ceremony, but there were no incidents.

    Mrs. De Aragon was apparently shot dead when struck by a stray bullet during last week's fighting. In order to prevent large crowds gathering the police ordered that the funeral service be brought forward by thirty minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: Tension in the West Argentine city of Mendoza on Saturday.

    Earlier in the week the city had been torn by four days of disturbances involving police and demonstrators - who were demanding lower electricity charges. By Saturday, troops had restored outward calm -- but the rioting had left its mark.

    Weeping relatives attended the funeral of an innocent victim of the riots.

    She was 42-year-old Mrs. Susana Gil De Aragon, a shop assistant who died as she was struck by a stray bullet. There were condolences for the husband of the dead woman as he led his family behind the hearse on its way from the church to the cemetery.

    Police ordered the time of the funeral brought forward thirty minutes to prevent large crowds gathering.

    As one victim of the riots was buried, the half-million citizens of Mendoza learnt that Argentina's President Lanusse had ordered a suspension of the higher electricity charges which caused the demonstrations And a general strike called by an illegal local branch of a major labour union went almost unheeded.

    By Monday, officials in Mendoza were hopeful that the immediate crisis had passed.

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